Friday, October 1, 2010

Welcome to the 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies!.......Peanut Blossoms

Peanut Blossoms

I'm super excited about the next 12 weeks.  I have joined a group of other bloggers who will be posting a Christmas cookie recipe every Friday for the next 12 weeks.  Links to the other bloggers will be at the bottom of this post so be sure to check out their cookies as well.  Thanks to April from Abby Sweets for organizing this group event. 

I will be sharing with you a variety of cookies.  There are so many types to choose from.  Drop, Bar, Rolled, No Bake, Refrigerator, Molded, Pressed.  My challenge will be to not gain any weight during the next 12 weeks.  And that goes for my husband and daughters as well.  They are HUGE cookie eaters!  Especially my home baked ones. : )  Friends, co-workers and neighbors....be prepared for some cookie sharing!  

 I decided to go with a classic, kid-friendly and all-around yummy cookie for my first post.  Peanut Blossom Cookies was a Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe in 1957 by Freda Smith from Ohio.  She wasn't the winner but she's a winner in my book.  I remember these cookies when I was young and how cool that I can pass them on to my daughters. I guess that's what makes a classic, a classic.  How can you go wrong with a peanut butter cookie and a Hershey chocolate kiss on top?  

Click HERE for the original Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe and HERE for the Hershey's recipe.

Both of these recipes use shortening in their recipes.  I didn't have this ingredient in my pantry so I went with the recipe from Joy of Baking which uses all butter instead.  Please click HERE for a printable version of the recipe.

I used Milk Chocolate Kisses and Hugs (milk chocolate and white chocolate swirled together).  There are several flavors that you can choose from now that would change this cookie up a bit.  How about their Special Dark or Caramel Filled Kisses?  Hershey's has a new Kiss out called Meltaway Milk Chocolates with a smooth meltaway center.  Have fun with it and come up with your own flavor combinations. 

So, are you ready to bake up some Christmas Cookies now?  




Peanut Blossom lineup

These cookies are so much fun to look at and fun to eat too!  Your kids will love making these cookies with you.  My daughter, Marissa, unwrapped the chocolate kisses and put them on top of the cookies when they came out of the oven.  The heat from the cookie starts to melt the chocolate kiss which becomes the "glue" to keep the kisses secured to the cookies.  Genius! 


Plate of Peanut Blossoms

See you next Friday with another cookie recipe.
Enjoy!

Mom's Cooking Club LessonGift/Packaging Idea:  Pick up some inexpensive, but cute, Christmas plates.  The one above is an acrylic plate I got on clearance at Target last year, only 75 cents.  I picked up a few to use for this year.  Put some Peanut Blossoms on the plate with Hershey Kisses scattered around.  Wrap with some clear or colored plastic wrap or use cellophane to wrap up around the plate and tie with a pretty Christmas ribbon at the top. 



24 comments:

April said...

Classics are always a hit with my family! Can't wait to see what the next 12 weeks bring!

Pam said...

great little tip added at the end! I made a new version last year with the pumpkin spice kisses that Target carries this time of year - its a wonderful standby with so many possibilities!

Megan said...

If you want to see how well they mail, I would LOVE to help you out. Just saying...
Great packaging tip and beautiful cookies!

crustabakes said...

These look so pretty!

Steph said...

This cookie is one of my families classic Xmas cookies! We make em every year! So good!!!

Lisa said...

You can never go wrong with these Peanut Blossom Cookies. They're always an all-around favorite with everyone.

Jenny said...

Love these cookies Jamie, Wish I had a whole plate right now!

Bethie said...

Absolute classic cookie! Oh how I would love a few right now with my coffee. Great job and I love how you offer tips on gift giving.

Avril said...

I just LOVE PB Blossom cookies!!! - and yours came out beautiful and festive!

Really excited to bake along side you with this cookie group for the next 12 weeks!

Tracy said...

Mmm, you're right; you can never go wrong with a classic like these! Yum!

Katrina said...

I just grabbed a bag of some new Kisses I saw yesterday--Caramel Apple. I love when they come out with new flavors. Grew up making and loving these also

Megan said...

I love those cookies - but I usually make them without peanut butter so my daughter can eat them.

I, however, always go for the pb version!

Melynda said...

These are my absolute favorite cookies! I like how you mixed things up with the different kisses.

Bree said...

I love that these are made with butter instead of shortening. These are a favorite in my house.

Aggie said...

Wow! I love these! And that plate is adorable! Can't wait to see the rest of your cookies!

Jennifer said...

I love these kind of cookies! They look great. Look forward to baking along with you the next 12 weeks :)

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I love that your goal is to not gain any weight! I'm hoping for the same thing. :D

Your cookies look delicious! These are one of those cookies that just about everyone likes. I'm excited to see what you bake up next week!

Katy said...

I have that same cookies for Santa plate!! I really like how they look with the swirled kisses. I'd have a hard time keeping my kids from eating all the kisses while we make these! Thanks for sharing! :)

Randi said...

Ooo, I love peanut blossoms! They look extra yummy with the hugs. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

A great way to start off the 12 weeks with a classic. They look so festive and fun on your cute plate with the kisses mixed in.

Melanie Duck said...

Kisses in cookies are truly sweet! It is perfect for all season even if Christmas is not yet coming. Your cookies seem to be delicious. I probably try your recipes and make them when it’s Christmas already. I’m looking forward for your recipes.

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Anonymous said...

Great idea! I'll be following every Friday!

Mel First said...

That is truly a great idea! I can’t wait for your next recipes. I will be following you in your every post and I will be sure that I’ll try all of your recipes.

 
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